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Tips to help you stay on your cholesterol drug
Low-dose or alternate-day medication schedules and gentle muscle stretches can help.
Statin drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are important medications that reduce high LDL ("bad") cholesterol and significantly lower the risk for heart attack, stroke, or premature death. Despite the drugs’ effectiveness, many people who start a statin discontinue its use.
"It’s often cited that 50% of people, a year after starting a statin, are no longer taking it. I find it hard to believe it’s that high. But it may be in the range of a quarter to half of people taking statins stop them," says Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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